Wrestling bookers are always looking for new ways to excite and entertain fans. One great way to do that is to build new stars. WWE is no exception, and it now has a roster that can be great, given the right creative direction. If, say, five WWE Superstars were to get a push, WWE could create brand new stars, feuds and storylines.
Dolph Ziggler, The Shield and Ryback are examples of guys that six months ago were either in NXT (The Shield), squashing jobbers (Ryback) or treading water and going nowhere (Dolph Ziggler). Now, they're some of the hottest names in pro wrestling, and look to stay that way for the foreseeable future.
So who else could use a push? Here are five WWE Superstars who actually could be superstars if given the opportunity.
To many of you, Daniel Bryan may seem an odd person to place on this list. But while Bryan certainly is over with crowds, he's not where he could be. Fans in arenas across the country chant "YES! YES! YES!" every chance they get. Young and old alike cheer for him, and go crazy when his music hits.
That said, he's still the WWE Tag Team Champions (see what I did there?) and doesn't appear to be anywhere near the main event picture. And with CM Punk, The Rock, Ryback and John Cena tying up the WWE Championship picture for the foreseeable future, Daniel Bryan may be relegated to World Heavyweight Championship contention.
Still, putting a major title like the World Heavyweight Championship on Daniel Bryan would bring instant excitement to an otherwise overlooked title. And more importantly, fans could finally go insane for Daniel Bryan as he took on top-tier competition.
David Otunga may never be a main event wrestler, but the guy needs more TV time. He's great on the microphone, he's intelligent and he's a real-life lawyer. He's the perfect underhanded, crooked authority figure. If David Otunga were to score a job as the assistant general manager of SmackDown, as an example, he could wield real authority and abuse that power to his own ends. Fans would hate him.
David Otunga would be perfect as a heel authority figure, and his real-life legal experience would lend credibility to his position of power. He could be in the occasional match, perhaps using his authority to book himself to win matches against jobbers, giving himself title shots, and more.
He's got the ability and the personality to make a great heel authority figure, and WWE should make it happen.
Zack Ryder is the current reigning...defending... (channeling my inner Bruce Buffer) WWE Internet Champion. OK, so that's not really a real, WWE-sanctioned title. But it could be. And who better to introduce an Internet Championship than Zack Ryder?
Ryder has been in WWE since 2006, and has aligned himself with the likes of Kurt Hawkins, Edge, La Familia and others. He's had some good runs, but never that big push. His moment in the sun came when he, John Cena and Eve Torres were involved in a love triangle-type situation. It ended with Kane pushing him off the stage while wheelchair-bound (also thanks to Kane).
Zack Ryder could be a big draw, and WWE could use him to promote a new belt, or just its Internet programming. Even without a new belt, Ryder needs a push. Fans are waiting to explode for him, and he would be a big promotional tool for WWE. He works hard, he's over with fans, and he entertains all of us. What more could you want from a WWE Superstar?
Why on earth would a wrestler with more titles and accomplishments than can be counted need a push? Yes, Randy Orton is a six-time WWE Champion, three-time World Heavyweight Champion, a Triple Crown Champion and a Royal Rumble winner, but he's been a non-factor really for most of 2012.
You might even call 2012 a "lost year" in Randy Orton's career. For someone with the accolades of Orton to be relegated to barely contend for the World Heavyweight Championship and be largely forgotten at this point is a travesty. But, his "outside-the-ring" behavior is the reason for his being buried, and he has no one to blame but himself.
Orton now appears to have moved past his troubles and is poised to make a return to the top of the card. He just needs the right push. He's only 32 years old, and still has plenty of gas in the tank. And if WWE were to get rid of Orton, TNA, Ring of Honor or another large promotion would most likely pick him up quickly. If WWE wants to get the most from Orton, it's time to give him a new push.
Damien Sandow, once known as Idol Stevens, has had a rocky road to WWE stardom. First appearing in 2006 as one of Michelle McCool's "Teachers' Pets," he has been in and out of WWE and its developmental programs for years.
This time is different. Damien Sandow has managed to craft the perfect character. He's got the skill set to maintain a top position in the company as well. He's excellent on the mic, he's got good in-ring ability and he can entertain.
Sandow is paired with Cody Rhodes as a part of Team Rhodes Scholars. As entertaining as "The Pink and The Stink" (as Miz called them) can be, Sandow will need a singles run soon. He's too talented at this point to keep him in the tag team division. Sandow could easily become a main event heel, if given the right push. Now is the time to start that push.
So what do all of you think? I, as always, appreciate all of your comments. Please discuss this list below.